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Wallabies too strong for All Blacks

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Australia jumped to the top of the Tri-Nations table with their victory over the All Blacks on saturday. The 35-19 win also places the Wallabies in good stead to take back the Bledisloe Cup this year if they continue with the same form that saw them all but dominate the All Blacks in Sydney. 

The Wallabies revealed their intentions to overpower the All Blacks early on in the match, with almost all of the first ten minutes played in the New Zealand 22. Australia threw everything they had at a desperate All Black line and soon Kiwi second-rower Brad Thorn was sin-binned for a high tackle on Matt Giteau, who himself converted the subsequent penalty. Just a few minutes later the home team was rewarded with a well-scored try for Ryan Cross. The rest of the first half continued at a fast pace with both teams playing expansive attacking rugby, and the score leveled out as New Zealand got themselves back in the game. Both teams scored two tries in the opening half and when the referee’s whistle blew for halftime Australia was up 17 – 12.

The All Blacks gained the lead for the first time in the match when Andy Ellis scored early in the second half to send the score to 19 – 17 after Dan Carter’s conversion. However that would be the last time the New Zealanders scored, as Australia ran away with the match. Rocky Elsom and James Horwil each added tries to the Wallaby score, with Giteau converting both as well as adding a drop goal, to put the points difference at more than two converted tries. And that was how the game ended with Australia victorious at 35 – 19.

Australia were deserved winners with their dogged defensive reputation now backed-up by some impressive attacking potency. Their scrum and line-out were solid and even without captain Stirling Mortlock the back-line were excellent across the board. The All Blacks played well in patches but really seemed to be missing all the players who moved overseas after last years world cup. They never took the game to the Wallabies and a handling error count of 30 compared with Australia’s 13 speaks volumes. Fullback Mils Muliaina and flyhalf Dan Carter were the only two players who stood out as playing well but even Carter seemed to be playing below his ability and undoubtedly lost the battle of the flyhalves to Giteau. 

Berrick Barnes was named man of the match after an impressive game where he worked great in combination with Giteau on his inside. Mention must also go to Lote Tuqiri, who enjoyed a wonderful game on the wing. He has copped much criticism over his years in union, including myself who always thought Tuqiri played like he was still in rugby league. However on Saturday night, Tuqiri gelled well with the rest of the team and even without a try had a massive impact on game including playing a major role in the setting up of two of the Wallaby tries.


Final Score:

Wallabies 35 (Ryan Cross, Peter Hynes, Rocky Elsom, James Horwill – tries; Matt Giteau – 4 conversions, penalty, drop goal)

All Blacks 19 (Mils Muliaina, Andrew Hore, Andy Ellis – tries; Dan Carter – 2 conversions; Brad Thorn – Sin bin)


Written by Dale Weber

Monday, 28 July, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Posted in Rugby

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